Portrait of Rafael Verduzco

Rafael Verduzco

Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar


Rafael Verduzco, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute Rice faculty scholar in the Center for Health and Biosciences and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and materials sciences and nanoengineering at Rice University. Verduzco specializes in the study and development of polymeric materials for diverse applications. He is currently a Thrust Leader for the NanoEnabled Water Treatment Engineering Research Center (NEWT ERC) at Rice University, with an emphasis on developing membranes capable of ion-specific separations. He is also the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation program to develop electronic devices that incorporate electroactive microbes. He has led projects funded by the Welch Foundation for Chemical Research, the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Verduzco currently serves as the associate department chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and he is a member of the 2023 strategic planning committee for Rice University. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2007 and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rice University in 2001.

Contact at rafaelv@rice.edu or 713-348-6492